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A sea otter in Monterey Bay with a rock anvil on its belly and a scallop in its forepaws. Jessica Fujii hide caption

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When sea otters lose their favorite foods, they can use tools to go after new ones

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A sea otter in the estuarine water of Elkhorn Slough, Monterey Bay, Calif. Emma Levy hide caption

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California sea otters nearly went extinct. Now they're rescuing their coastal habitat

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Otter 841 has successfully evaded capture in Santa Cruz, Calif., for more than a week, despite efforts by wildlife officials. The otter has been deemed a public health risk because of its concerning interactions with humans. Laird Henkel/California Department of Fish and Wildlife hide caption

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An otter at a popular surf break in Santa Cruz has been confronting surfers, going as far as stealing their boards and riding waves. Mark Woodward/@NativeSantaCruz hide caption

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An otter in Santa Cruz is hassling surfers — and stealing their boards

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A group of sea otters gather in Morro Bay, Calif., in 2010. It's been more than a century since sea otters were hunted to near extinction along the U.S. West Coast. The animals were successfully reintroduced along the Washington, British Columbia and California coasts, but an attempt to bring them back to Oregon in the early 1970s failed. A local nonprofit is advocating for another attempt. Reed Saxon/AP hide caption

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Coastal tribes in Oregon hope to bring sea otters back to their community

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Sea otters are tourist magnets--and voracious eaters. Not everyone is happy about their comeback off the coast of British Columbia. Ted S. Warren/AP hide caption

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What Happens When Sea Otters Eat 15 Pounds of Shellfish A Day

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This sea otter, about to eat a crab in the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, is cute, sure. But more importantly, it's indirectly combating some harmful effects of agricultural runoff and protecting the underwater ecosystem. Rob Eby/AP hide caption

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More Than Just Cute, Sea Otters Are Superheroes Of The Marsh

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